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Color Grading & Correction For Beginners (Premiere Pro Fast Track)

Peter BVCCO, Video Content Specialist

Color Grading & Correction For Beginners (Premiere Pro Fast Track)

Peter BVCCO, Video Content Specialist

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4 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Color Grading & Correction For Complete Beginners

    • 2. What's the difference between GRADING and CORRECTION?

    • 3. Case study: How I Color Grade My Footage

    • 4. Go Color, Go Create

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About This Class

Want to learn color grading and correcting but have no idea where to start? In this fast track Adobe Premier Pro tutorial I show you step-by-step the complete beginner's approach to coloring and correcting your video footage.

So you can go from beginner to intermediate video editor by applying these same techniques I use.

What you can expect after taking this course:

  • understanding the difference between grading and correcting
  • how to use the Premiere Pro lumetri color tool 
  • see how a video editor grades and corrects their footage real-time

I hope this basic introductory course to color grading and correction serves you for any of your creative needs and now you understand the foundations to start your content creation journey. 

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Hi there! My name is Peter and I have been making online content and videos since I was young. I am currently a full time content creator and want to share my expertise with you. I have had several years of experience in creating online content for not only my personal brand but for professional companies and organizations to meet their video needs.

I am extremely passionate about videos and storytelling. I want to inspire other like-minded individuals to push and grow themselves as a creative in whatever their endeavors may be!

I'm all about being great and focusing on your strengths. Don't settle for average because you CAN'T win with just average. 

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1. Color Grading & Correction For Complete Beginners: What is up, guys? And this super simple crash course for complete beginner. I'm gonna show you how you make any video color grated in the cinematic way. Even if you're a complete beginner, we don't know who I am. My name is Peter. I'm a full time video editor, content creator and video content strategist. And I'm gonna go into the very basics of what is color creating what is color correcting and how anyone. Even if you have no experience using a camera or video editing, I'm gonna show you exactly how I take any footage looking very plain, Jane. And I'm gonna tell you to take it and make it look super cinematic. All under 10 to 15 minutes guaranteed. And I hope you enroll. Now, I'm gonna jump right into it. No fluff and tell you everything that I know about the simple steps of color grading for your own videos. 2. What's the difference between GRADING and CORRECTION?: so the basic understanding for complete beginners of color grading is that you have to understand exactly what is color correction. First color correction is when you're editing in post production, and you're trying to make sure that all the white within the video on the color is properly adjusted. Understanding, color correcting is making sure things that aren't too bright and making sure that things aren't too dark. And that is the really straightforward, simple answer to color. Correcting. There's two different spheres, right, so color correcting itself. What you're making sure is the white balance of the camera shot, making sure number one that is properly on the right auto white balance setting, or you manually adjust your white balance and then making sure what color temperature are your lights. And third, you do it in post production and which is essentially referred to as color correcting. So what I would do now is in a dome. Premier is that I would make sure I'm just that that the eyedropper tool click on somewhere wears white and make sure that the whites are properly white and as well as understanding if you understand Victor Scopes is that understanding all the brightness or anything that's light within this video frame is ensuring that its frankly exposed anything that's really dark and shadows to make sure that the contrast in that is not too crushed or very dark, where it would have an effect in step Number two, which is color grading and color grading is more along the lines of the more artistic art form of applying different colors. Hence the name grading and your whether you want to make this whole, how talked to you right now Dark blue green and it is much more often artistic expression than a proper science. Yes, you can have things like red means angry bloom into dark and cold for moves. And you can really go into the movies and really analyze step by step all their frame by frame of what, exactly what cup type of like color grading that they're applying to the highlights, their mid tones and their shadows. But to understand that is that color color. Correcting in the first place is you're looking at your highlights, your Hughes and your saturation in your shadows. Those are essentially what you're doing to correct your video frame first and once you have the properly exposed color correcting benry, jump into color grading and wish your guys in X step by step case example in a debris mirror. Real time of how I take my own footage from just any DSLR and how you make that look super cinematic and just all along, and you composite any time throughout the video to see exactly what I'm doing to make color corrections as well as colored, creating. 3. Case study: How I Color Grade My Footage: So what? It comes to basic color, correcting. I'm not. Let's put it out there. I'm not an expert and color correcting, but I do understand the basics of color, correction and color grading. So when it comes to any basic foundation of color correcting and making anything look cinematic, you want to be able to understand what you're trying to do first. So first, what would I like have a person do is I want to make sure your levels are in the proper settings. In other words, your whites or whites and your blacks or blacks and, ah, make sure your video is not under and over exposed. So the first thing I would do is I would just, uh, switch from editing to color in Adobe Premiere on, I would click on Basic Correction. If you have an input, let here feel free to use it, but I don't mess with that. So first I would make sure the white balance is proper, and you can either find the most white ist point in the video. Click that, or you can manually do it here with your temperature because what is playing Tim? And once you have proper white balance that you want for your video. What you want to do next is you want to make sure exposure is properly exposed in the video so you can either increased exposure or lower the exposure. And if you, if you want to be really nit picky into it, you can also check out the loom ITRI color scopes as well to see whether or not your video is either overexposed or under exposed, as you can see here. So if I lower down the exposure, you could see my blacks are getting crushed and there's not enough highlights of this video . But luckily for me, when I shot this video or had my camera person to shoot the video, the video itself was pretty spot on when it comes through the overall exposure of the video . So there isn't much. I want a cracked here in this limited color. Depending on your taste, I might want to either bump up our bumped down the contrast like it's a lot of trial and error and testing it yourself out when it comes to color correcting phase because make sure , like the difference between color correcting and color grading is that color correcting is your adjusting for exposure. Color grading is the creative, subjective aspect of putting any kind of color filter on your video Now that you've done the basic correction, the thing with Adobe is that they line it up perfectly for you in the order that you should color, correct and color grade. So the next thing you want to do is you want to click on creative and pretty much Adobe has a lot of pre built let's or pretty much video filters that can let you can actually news, and you don't really need to mess around with the worry about the mid tones, the highlights or the shadows. For example, I would say Fuji Attorney to 50 is one of my favorite Let's two news and Adobe premiere. Some might like that Look, some might say it's a little too much. So then I would pretty much go maybe 50% and you can already see there's a big difference between this and this before and after, and some might actually be fine with that when it comes to having any kind of like cinematic look. But for me, if you want to go none, and you want to play around with it, then pretty much. All you really can do is not apply luck. Skip that, and you go straight to the curves, so the curves is essentially having your exposures pretty much again with the whites. Here you bring this down. It's pretty much your basic RGB curve. Bring this down dark in all the whites. Bring this down dark in all the blacks. But since I saved my overall whites and blacks in this are pretty pretty good, I would not mess with this and the same concept with these different colors as well. And the cool thing about Dobie is there's this hue saturation so you can punch up specific colors. For example, you can make the yellows in this pop out more, and you can also do the reverse. You can also bring down and make all the greens had de saturated or make all the blues, so it's a really cool tool to news. If something is a little often image, whether that's like some, the sun is too powerful or the skies to blue. You can always mess that around here in this. Next is the color wheels. So if you don't want to use any, let's or presets, then you can just mess around with your mid tones, your shadows and your highlights. And when comes to shadows, I usually depending on your style like toe, have blue shadows and mid tones would be a red MMA tone for this particular image and highlights, I would make also rid. So that's my own style of color grading, and that's pretty much how you have it. So it went from this to this, and if you're really fancy with it, there's also like secondary color correction and been yearning as well. And here I could just play around with it. If you have videos that are like, I'm in a dream kind of feeling, you can have like that or like the love of your life. This is the vignette that you want. You can also have a black vignette. What's like Oh, no, I'm in a nightmare that's pretty cold. Just reset that, and it's when comes to color grading and color correction. It's about trial and error, and not being able were not being afraid to, like, mess up and not being afraid to like, Oh, that's a little bit too under exposed or no, I crushed my blacks. It's all about trying and failing, because that's how you learn. And if you want to have a little fun, you can pretty much combine everything from your basic color correction on top of the Lut. On top of I would even say, you know, there's a lot of creativity when it comes to being able to apply the let's that you want on top of like missing messing around with colors missing around grading. So this is more like a faded film look, because I also put a lead on top of the already adjusted colors that I messed around with. And if you really don't know what you're doing, the worst comes the worst. It's your video you can mess around with however you want, and you can even just apply like a simple with simple lead on it. And then what? I usually do. You know, toe ed. This with the little with a little bang, is that I would put in just mint layer on top, put in not crap but crop, and I like to add what do you like to call the city bars the cinematic look, the classic. I usually put out 12.2 because it gives me more room to move around. You can mess around, but my go to unusually for the right space is 12.2, and then you would click on the video file itself, move it up so it doesn't completely go out of frame. And there you have it, a cinematic look and a very basic understanding of color correction mixed in with color grading. Know that it's very subjective, and that's how I make my videos look more Sina Matic. 4. Go Color, Go Create: now you made it to the end of his course. And what I want you to do is to make sure that you take any DSLR footage plumping to final cut or a doctor mirror. Whatever your preferred video editing software is. And now with these basic principles, you can apply things like Okay, what? I check my levels. How do I color correct agonies news, fast color corrector or a three way color wheel? Or I could just news limit tree and apply it. Let right. This is the very crash course all around. Step by step on how you actually color, grade and color correct and understand that there's a big difference between color correcting, which is a science to a and color grading where which is more of an art form at the very subjective and making sure skin tones and all that. It's really up to you, right? Don't follow a specific set standard. This is all about having fun being creative, cause that's if you're watching this, I would assume you're a creative person. I hope this helps. And for your assignment, I want you to just go out. Film any 10 to 32nd clip color graded color. Correct it. Have fun with it and my name's Peter and you're watching broke visionary Collective where we'll start with nothing but you. You can always create something. Cheers, guys.